I have the day off from work, today and have gotten very little done.
I don’t have much in the way of either streaming recs or stuff I’m going to see. I’m seeing Thor for the second time this weekend, but there seems to be a kind of a lull before most of the Christmas movies and Oscar hopefuls hit.
I thought I’d take a bit of time to highlight some movies on streaming that I wasn’t particularly fond of, but which might tickle your fancy.
Chappie is a story about an AI’s awful childhood told by the director of District 9. It is extraordinarily gritty and violent and had a lot of elements that irritated me (particularly in conjunction with some other AI movies I saw around the same time, but that’s another post). It was interesting and well-done, with really well fleshed-out characters–just not at all my cup of tea.
If you’ve seen District 9, you’ll find it has some similar themes and flavors.
Chappie is streaming on Netflix.
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Bound is a 90s thriller containing lesbian themes that gave a bunch of wlw at my college the hots for Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly (especially Gershon). It is a difficult watch because (again) it’s full of violence, but it does have a hopeful ending for the lesbian couple.
Honestly, I haven’t watched it all the way through since it was in the theater, but I remember it being well done.
The film is much harsher than this trailer makes it look, as I recall. Bound is streaming on Hulu.
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What If is a movie about profoundly unhealthy relationships and profoundly bad boundaries. It has stupendous actors and great performances, but is billed as a romantic comedy. I think if I had gone into it expecting a movie about unhealthy relationships with bad boundaries and unlikeable characters, I would have enjoyed it a lot better. It was billed as a romcom. Viewed as a romcom, it is awful.
[CW for transphobic language towards the end of the trailer. As I said, unlikable characters.]
What If is streaming on Amazon Prime.
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And now, I am heading back to tempering some epic laziness with a tiny smattering of chores.